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2015 Puma Labor Day Cup

Four Raptors' teams win championships over weekend

LOVES PARK, IL – Rockford Raptors FC youth teams had a busy weekend in the Chicagoland suburbs, winning four championships on Sunday afternoon – just as their fall schedule kicks into gear.  Celebrating these crowns were the U10 boys, U12 girls, U13 girls and U15 girls.

The U10 boys breezed through pool play at the TCSA (Tri Cities Soccer Association) Classic Cup held in St. Charles, IL.  They defeated Rock Run SC (8-0), TCSA Lightning (8-0) and Fox Valley Bayern Munich (8-0), and bested Fox Valley Bayern Munich 4-2 for the title.  All of the players scored at least one goal in the tournament.  The team is coached by Marco Junod.

The U12 girls did not allow a goal in four matches, topping Peak Soccer Academy U13 girls 2-0, Fusion U13 Premier 1-0 and drawing with Team Elmhurst Select U13s 0-0.  The final saw a rematch with Fusion U13 Premier with the Raptors coming out on top 1-0 on a goal by Madeline Martinez.  Haley Massari registered four clean sheets over the course of the weekend.  The team is coached by Jason Parsons

Both the Raptor girls U13s and U15s played at the annual Kickers United SC Back to School Classis, held in Elgin, IL.  The U13 girls ran through the top U13 pool by defeating CSA (2-1), Kickers United FC (2-1) and TCSA Tigers (2-1).  The final saw the Raptors notching another win over CSA 6-1.

The U15 girls played in the U16 flight and posted clean sheets in the first two contests with wins over Villadolid and Premier SC Black by scores of 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.  Their final pool match saw physical play take afoot in a 2-2 draw with NIFC, however the Raptors were able to battle to a 2-0 win in the final.  Both teams are coached by Frank Mateus and Brad Blecker.  Danny Zambrano was also coaching the U15 Girls team this weekend with all the conflicts.

Raptor teams will see action this Labor Day weekend, at the Club hosts the 2015 PUMA Labor Day Cup and College Showcase at ISC/Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL September 4th through the 6th.  Over 130 teams from the Midwest are slated to play in the event.

U10 boys - TCSA Classic Cup Champions

Girls U12 TCSA Classic Cup Champs

U13 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions

U15 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions

Girls U13 Select team wins Crystal Lake tournament

LOVES PARK, IL – The Rockford Raptors FC U13 Select Girls captured the Crystal Lake Force Tournament August 21-23, going undefeated in all four matches, defeating Palatine Celtic SC Select 3-1 in the final. Multiple goals by Breanna Culver and Madeline Martinez propelled the Raptors through pool play, defeating Palatine Select SC, Crystal Lake Force Select and McHenry Soccer U13 Viper Girls by the scores of 6-1, 4-1 and 3-3 respectively. Carina Colletti and Martinez each had goals in the final. The team is coached by Danny Zambrano

Crystal Lake Tournament Champions

U16 Boys win two, draw one in NYC Cup

NEW YORK, NY - July 19, 2015 - The Rockford Raptors U16 boys team traveled to New York to compete in the prestigious New York Cup, a showcase which accepts only 150 teams from around the globe and draws over 150 college coaches.

The Raptors got off to a great start to the NYC Cup, edging out 1-0 win over Hauppauge FC (NY-E).  The loan goal was scored by Tigrio Huerta and assisted by gk Ruben Cisneros.

The team then squared off against FC Copa (NJ) and stepped up their game in the second half, topping the opponents 5-0 with goals from Connor McGarry Leo Marquez and Tony Diaz (3).  Stellar defense helped to deliver a clean sheet for Ruben Cisneros.

The final match on Sunday saw a 1-1 draw versus 99 Rangers Premier (UT).  The NYC Cup is played on Randall's Island in the East River, between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria Queens.  Congrats to the student-athletes and coach Vee Jeremovic!

Raptors U16 Boys complete Chicago Inter College Showcase weekend sweep

July 12, 2015 - JOLIET, IL - The Rockford Raptors U16 Boys team swept all three matches in front of over 55 college coaches at the Chicago Inter College showcase this past weekend in nearby Crest Hill, IL.

The team defeated FC United Cedar Rapids (IA), Indiana Elite (IN) and the host team from Chicago Inter, scoring 16 goals and only allowing two for the weekend.  Congratulations to coach Vee Jeremovic and the entire team!

The Chicago Inter College Showcase draws teams from 11 states and Canada and college coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA ranks.

Thirty six student-athletes from the Raptors accept scholarships to play at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA collegiate levels for the 2015-16 academic year

July 12, 2015 - LOVES PARK, IL - The Rockford Raptors FC announced today that thirty six student-athletes have accepted soccer scholarships to play at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA collegiate levels for the 2015-16 season.

"These student-athletes have done a tremendous job developing not only in soccer, but they have many successes off the field in their respective schools and within their communities, said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching. “We have thoroughly enjoyed having them in our program and wish them nothing but the best as their college careers develop.” 

Please join us for a signing event on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at ISC.

Raptors teams fill out brackets for Illinois ODP; Players selected to ODP State and Regional squads

July 14, 2015 - LOVES PARK, IL - The Illinois ODP (Olympic Development Program) made its annual stop at ISC/Sportscore Two, as several Raptors teams helped to fill brackets in the 14-state regional competition.

The U13 boys, U14 boys, u17/18 boys (pool), u15 girls and u17/18 girls (pool) squared off against USYSA Region II's best competition at the state level - in the competition which took place over the past week.

"Having our student-athletes compete at this level was good for everyone," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching. "It gave our kids an opportunity to see quality competition while at the same time helping the Illinois and Region II ODP program fill out brackets in their tournament."

The Raptors placed several players on Illinois State-select teams:  Lauren Phillips (99G), Brinley Hefty (01G), Julia Barenbaum (01G), Delores Apreda (00G), Aidan Westerberg (02B) and Cooper Jeremovic (00B).

Reegan Kingpavong and Aryana Purifoy from the Raptors U13 girls team were selected to participate in the Regional invite-only events which take place at ISC until Thursday.

Five Raptors FC teams compete at Inter College Showcase, strong event for college prospects

July 12, 2015 - JOLIET, IL - Five Raptors FC teams competed in the third annual Chicago Inter College Showcase, July 10-12 in Crest Hill (Joliet), IL.  The U15 Boys, U16 Boys, U14 Girls, U15 Girls and U17/18 Girls (pool) teams showcased their talent in front of over 55 college coaches.

"This is a really good event for our student-athletes who are looking to play at the college level," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching.  "For the younger kids, it gives them an opportunity to get on the radar so to speak and for the older kids, it is another time to show how they have developed since they were seen before."

The Chicago Inter College Showcase draws teams from 11 states and Canada and college coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA ranks.  Some Raptors FC teams will now head to the College Search Kickoff in Muscatine, IA on July 23-24 (girls) and July 25-26 (boys).

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2015/2016 Tryouts!!

If your interested in joining our club and missed tryouts please contact one of our Directors:

Frank Mateus -

Hugh Ward -

Former Raptors player passes away at age 21.

Keegan Minks passed away on July 7th. He was 21.

Keegan was a member of the 93/94 Raptors team. 

Our sympathies and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

The funeral service is on Monday July 13th. 

See Obituary below for more details.

Raptors announce partnership with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy

Raptors have signed a partnership agreement with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy. See attached press release.



Please vist the Glasgow Rangers web site for more club details.


Want to join the Raptors Club?

Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts?  It may not be too late!  Please contact one of our Directors for information.

Frank Mateus -

Hugh Ward -

2015 Raptors College Commitments

Congratulations to the following players who have committed to play college soccer.

Girl's 2015 Graduates 

Taylor Sarver: Northern Illinois University (NCAA Division 1)

Elizabeth Parrilli: Depaul University (NCAA Division 1)

Allyson Hayner: IPFW (NCAA Division 1)

Taylor Howe: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)

Mariah Katzenberger: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)

Leigha Crowder: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Shelby Seiter: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Reyna Ortega: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Ivanna Chavez: Cardinal Stritch University (NAIA)

Lexi Zambrano: Trinity Christian College (NAIA)

Dani Dahl: Coe College (NCAA III)

Haley Grunewald: Augustana College (NCAA III)

Elizabeth Martinez: Augustana College (NCAA III)

Maria "Suzy" Pelayo: Parkland College Cobras (NJCAA Division 1)

Ana Victorov:  University of Dubuque (NCAA III)

Kirsten Pontius: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (NCAA III)

Taylor Joiner: Aurora University (NCAA III)


Boy's 2015 Graduates 

Adem Dzananovic: Loyola University Chicago (NCAA Division 1)

Nathan Wisbey: University of Dayton (NCAA Division 1)

Matt Huftalin: University of Wisconsin - Platteville (NCAA Division III)

Diego Garcia: St.Francis University -(NAIA)

Yair Ortega: Benedictine University (NCAA Division III)

Keegan Dolphin: North Park University (NCAA Division III)

Jose Barrio: North Park University (NCAA Division III)

Tristan Davenport: Luther College (NCAA Division III)

Dante Euell: St.Ambrose University (NAIA)

Gio Martinez: Ashford University (NAIA)

Angel Carreno: Elmhurst College (NCAA Division III)

Anthony Deseno: North Park University (NCAA Division III)

Adam Pearson:  Carleton College (NCAA Division III)

Ricky Rubio: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)

Alexis Galves: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)

Nick Krahmer: Rock Vally CC (NJCAA)

Ryan Blackburn: Illinois Institute of Technology (NAIA)

Top Drawer Soccer Article on Elizabeth Parrilli

Current Rockford Raptors FC U18 Girls Team Member was featured in the Top Drawer Soccer article about DePaul University Signing class of 2015 Click on link below to read the article.

Former Raptors player named to All American First Team. Casey Culver is a Freshman at Ashford University.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the All-American teams for the 2014 season on Monday (Dec. 8) afternoon.

Sophomore defender Fernando Machado and freshman midfielder Casey Culver became the first players in Ashford program history to be named NAIA First Team All-Americans. The duo was joined among those honored by junior forward Adam Wood, who collected NAIA Second Team All-American honors.

Casey Culver named to the NAIA First Team All-American Team as a Freshman.

Raptors class of 2014 and current Ashford University Player Earns NAIA First Team All-American Team with fellow teammate Sophomore defender Fernando Machado became the first players in Ashford program history to be named NAIA First Team All-Americans

Casey Culver Earns Spotlight Saint of the week

Former Raptors Freshman earns Ashford College Spotlight of the week award!

Karley Draheim wins the M-WAC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year

Class of 2014 and Current Heartland Hawks player Creates history for the Heartland Women's soccer team as she becomes the first Hawk to be honored as M-WAC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year

ACL Prevention Video

Click on the link for information on ACL Prevention

Raptors FC Offers Three Levels of Programs - Which is Best for Your Child?

Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you, Raptors FC Staff

Raptors FC Club Physician

 Dr. Milos practices orthopaedic surgery at Swedish American Hospital.  He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.  He completed his medical school and residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He then went on and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Baylor University in Houston.


Dr. Milos has been involved in soccer since his youth.  He played soccer through college and officiated at the collegiate level.  He was also the team physician for the Rockford Rampage during their tenure in Rockford.


He looks forward to working with the players, coaches, and staff.  Dr. Milos can be reached at:

Lundholm Surgical Group, LTD.
at Swedish American
1340 Charles Street
Rockford, IL 61104

Proud to be Raptors FC



•More than 200 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.


•3 former players now play in the MLS


•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club

•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club

• has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country

•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team

•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team

•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.

•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.

•National Champions (2 times)

•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005

•Regional Champions (5 Times)

The History

•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.

•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.

•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids

•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.

•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.

•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.

•2009 Raptors  named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)

Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor



Rockford Raptors FC